I’m very pleased to announce that the 4th article has been published in the Offa’s Dyke Journal volume 2 for 2020. Authored by Dr Ethan Doyle White, it is entitled:

Saxon Kent versus Roman London? Presenting Borderland Heritage at the Faesten Dic in Joyden’s Wood, Kent

The abstract reads:

Standing on Kent’s western border with Greater London, the Faesten Dic in Joyden’s Wood is one of Britain’s less-well known linear earthworks. There has been speculation as to its origins since the late nineteenth century, although as of yet no conclusive dating evidence has been revealed. This article reviews the archaeological and historical evidence for the site, before exploring the ways in which the heritage of this earthwork has been presented to the public by the Woodland Trust, a charity which own Joyden’s Wood, focusing on how both information boards and installed sculptures have foregrounded the narrative of the earthwork as a fifth-century defensive barrier between ‘Roman London’ and ‘Saxon Kent.’ This, in turn, has interesting connotations regarding the current administrative divisions between Greater London and Kent.

This is the second original article, joining two ‘classics’ revisited, for ODJ 2, and we are hoping to include 1-2 more articles to complete the volume. This open-access academic journal is providing a growing resource of reliable and rich information about frontiers and borders past and present, focusing on linear monuments, their construction, life-histories and reception. Dr Doyle White’s article serves multiple purposes in this regard, surveying the archaeological and historical evidence for the Faesten Dic earthwork, and evaluating its heritage interpretation. As such, he provides an essential case study for reflecting on the past and present significances of early medieval linear earthworks.

Link to the publication here.